Operating in Sturgeon Bay in Door County, Wisconsin, the intrepid guides at Trophy Ice Fish escort fishing groups onto the icy tundra of Lake Michigan, drill a hole into the frozen floor, and get out of the way while the brood tries to haul whitefish up from the deep. Well-suited for family outings and corporate team-building trips, each excursion includes an ice house erected over the fishing hole to keep the gang warm, and industry-leading fish-locating electronics take some of the guesswork out of finding a good spot for setting up shop. With the help of the equipment and experienced guides, fish-catchers can nab walleye, whitefish, and northern pike.
The seasoned trawlers at Ice Fishing Adventures oversee full-day fishing trips atop the frozen surface of Green Bay or the Fox River. During each frosty odyssey, groups of up to 10 anglers will journey out to a heated icehouse, where bait, tackle, and rods volunteer to help snag whitefish, perch, or scuba-diving snowmen. A complimentary hot lunch refuels fishermen with belly-warming bites, and the cabin's electronics guarantee outings have several amenities. Throughout the day, participants can net knowledge from guides, who demonstrate professional techniques for everything from cleaning fish to celebrating a prize-worthy catch with a triple Lutz. Although gear is included, guests must bring their own beverages, appropriate clothing, and a fishing license, which can be obtained through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
If you scroll through RV Charters’ photo album, you’ll spy dozens of proud fishermen standing on the deck of charter boats, straining to lift massive salmon and steelhead above their chests. The success of these fishing trips stems partially from RV Charters' top-notch equipment—captains monitor sonars, GPS, and radars, and equip their charges with electric downriggers. They also offer tips to novice fishermen, from selecting the proper bait to imitating the salmon’s mournful mating call. In addition to hosting fishing charters, RV Charters' staff rents out lakefront condos, thereby facilitating multiday excursions across Lake Michigan.
Fishing guide Bret Alexander's professional charter service offers fishing fans the chance to search Wisconsin's waters and find the ultimate meaning for their lures' lives. For a full day, a pair of anglers can explore Sturgeon Bay's frozen terrain in search of wild walleye, pike, perch, and whitefish. Alexander will also regale fishing duos with tales of his television appearances on different nature shows, such as the Outdoor Channel's Legends of Rod & Reel and John Gillespie's Water & Woods. Each fishing trip is customized to fit your personal preferences, whether it be a quest to catch a heavyweight or a chance to simply enjoy a day of hunting frozen water fauna.
Comfy sofas, a full kitchen area, an ample back deck: the amenities of the 1984 Chris-Craft Commander sound like those in a spacious home. But the Commander is actually the 33-foot boat that U.S. Coast Guard-certified Captain Matt pilots on relaxing journeys along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Setting sail from Algoma City Marina at 6 p.m., Captain Matt whisks away upward of six passengers on leisurely 45-minute cruises to Kewaunee. Once there, his guests have 90 minutes to enjoy an indoor or outdoor feast at Port O'Call, whose menu options range from shrimp scampi to chicken wraps with parmesan peppercorn dressing. Afterward, Matt returns passengers to Algoma by 9 p.m. or their fairy godmother-enforced curfew. He invites his guests to bring their own beverages for the journey, and offers picturesque seating on his back deck or the boat's fly bridge.
Captain Zach Burgess and his experienced crew members are determined to get you out on Lake Michigan and the Bay of Green Bay, come rain, snow, or zombie apocalypse. For walleye fishing in the warmer months, they have an equipped 2014 warrior 203, whose deep sides provide stability. Come winter, they roll out 8'x10' ice shacks that can hold up to five people seeking perch and whitefish near the warmth of a wood stove.